The 2017 #CentreGives Success Series kicked-off on March 1st at Centre Foundation with a session on "21st Century Storytelling," featuring Brad Groznik of Groznik PR.

In attendance were over 30 local staff members, board representatives, and/or volunteers from non-profit organizations across Centre County, Pennsylvania that serve missions of every ilk: arts, animals, education, environment, and health & human services.

The two-hour session began by sharing some best practices for crafting an organization's message, discovering an organization's voice, and how to share that message with the modern-day media.

Then, the participants broke into groups to put these ideas into practice. Their goal was to craft a short story that would inspire potential donors to visit on May 9th and 10th to make a $25 donation to their organization.

The template they used began, "This is a story about..." and ended with "and it's interesting because___." Later, the group shared some of the most interesting stories they heard other people share. Stories like:

  • A dog who helps children learn to read.
  • A state champion swimmer who couldn't afford private lessons.
  • A student who was functionally illiterate in second grade but went on to become a National Merit Scholar.

These are just a few of the things local non-profit organizations in Centre County are accomplishing! They are making our community a more vibrant place to live. Together, we can ensure that they are able to carry out their missions by visiting on May 9th and 10th to make a donation, which will go further.

Centre Foundation provides a $100,000 stretch pool and additional prizes during Centre Gives. Each donation made during Centre Gives goes further, by helping your favorite organizations receive a larger share of the stretch pool and compete for prizes!

Visit to learn more and keep up with the fun on social media using #CentreGives!


To learn more about the Centre Gives Success Series and view other seminar materials, please click here.